How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 + Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

As we noted earlier, the TaiG 2.1.2 untethered jailbreak tool was just released to much fanfare. This is the version of the tool that works as you would expect. It’s compatible with the latest version of iTunes, and works with Cydia Substrate out of the box.

Sadly TaiG 2.1.2 is still Windows only, but we have a good virtual machine tutorial for Mac only users. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 in mere minutes. Read More

 

Activator beta updated to support iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

Activator, an absolute staple tweak for jailbreakers, has been updated for iOS 8.3. The Ryan Petrich developed jailbreak tweak is not only great on its own, but it’s the backbone to a lot of the existing jailbreak tweaks, and opens up the floodgates to the rest of the vast Cydia library.

To install Activator 1.9.3 beta 5, you’ll need to add Ryan’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources. Check inside for all of the details.

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The iOS 8.3 jailbreak roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

It’s been a crazy last couple of days, but it’s also been very exciting. It all started when the jailbreak for iOS 8.3 came unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, and it culminates with the release of a Cydia Substrate compatible update this evening. No doubt, there’s still much more to come, but now we’d like to take the time to wrap up the ongoings of the last two days.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the iOS 8.3 jailbreak, and what you might expect in the future. Read More

 

How to enable Cydia Substrate on the iOS 8.3 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

If you’re jailbroken on iOS 8.3, you’ve likely been frustrated by the lack of Cydia Substrate support up until now. As you’re no doubt aware of by now, Cydia Substrate hasn’t worked on iOS 8.3 due to a fix that needs to be implemented by the folks at TaiG.

The good news is that the fix is out, and I’ve confirmed that it works. If you’ve jailbroken your device with the TaiG 2.0 tool yesterday or earlier today, you can use a simple .deb file install to fix Cydia Substrate in just a few minutes.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install the TaiG 8.3 Untether .deb on your jailbroken iOS 8.3 device and fix Cydia Substrate. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 on Mac using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

Although the iOS 8.3/iOS 8.4 jailbreak was a surprise, it was no surprise that the release was limited to Windows only. While this can make some Mac users feel bitter, it’s actually not a very big deal at all.

Thanks to the awesome virtual machine software that we have on the Mac, it’s super-easy to jailbreak an iPhone on our Macs, even if said jailbreak is Windows only.

In this complete tutorial, I’ll walk you through the entire process of setting up the virtual machine, installing a valid version of iTunes, and jailbreaking your iPhone.

The most impressive thing about this tutorial is that it can all be done in less than 18 minutes (not including the necessary file downloads), and it’s 100% free to do.

If you’re a Mac-only user, there really is no excuse for you not to be jailbroken if you want to be. This method is tried and true, super-reliable, and it just works. In fact, by sticking to this method and following my video, you’ll likely be able to avoid many of the pitfalls plaguing those who are experiencing issues with the TaiG tool. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.0

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2015

In this tutorial, I will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.3 using TaiG 2.0. This jailbreak is super easy to do, and takes minimal effort if the instructions are followed closely.

Watch our full video walkthrough inside, as I take you through the step-by-step jailbreak process for iOS 8.3. Read More

 

Vimeo reworks iPhone video editing app Cameo so it’s easier to create cinematic videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

The movie-editing app category has been receiving some renewed love from iOS developers, big and small alike. In addition to Apple’s own iMovie for iOS—free with new iOS device purchases, otherwise a $4.99 download—Camera+ makers have recently launched a video editing app called Vee for Video.

And now Vimeo, the popular video sharing service, has re-released a mobile app called Cameo that the company purchased in May 2014. After rebuilding the app from scratch, it’s now even simpler and more enjoyable to edit cinematic videos on your iPhone, add themes and soundtracks and share with your friends. Read More

 

SnoozeHelper turns your entire Lock screen into a snooze button

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2015

When you’re half awake, tapping the tiny “tap to snooze” button on the Lock screen can be a daunting chore. Fortunately, if you’re a jailbreaker, it’s much easier to snooze an overzealous alarm

By turning your Lock screen into one giant button, SnoozeHelper (free) makes it super easy to snooze a pesky alarm clock. Watch our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

Blocked is a new security tweak that lets you limit iPhone access

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2015

Jailbreakers Nikias Bassen (Pimskeks) and Melissa Archer have teamed up for a new security-oriented jailbreak tweak called Blocked. Released at WWJC 2015, Blocked brings two new operation modes to the iPhone for enhanced security.

The two modes, SleepMode and GuestMode, each work to block access to certain features. By using Activator gestures, users can quickly and stealthily enter either mode to beef up device security.

Watch our video walkthrough inside to see how to the tweak works. Read More

 

How to auto-hide the menu bar in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

One of the more under the radar features of OS X El Capitan is the ability to auto-hide the menu bar. Just like the Dock, which has long had the ability to auto-hide in OS X, the menu bar can be hidden until needed.

Auto-hiding the menu bar brings the obvious benefit of having more on screen real estate and less distraction. With both the Dock and menu bar set to auto-hide, you can experience a shockingly clean interface as you go about your work. Read More

 

How to mute Safari tabs in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

Like pinned tabs, tab muting isn’t a new idea, as it’s been implemented in other web browsers in the past. But OS X 10.11 brings native tab muting to the Safari browser for the very first time.

The ability to mute tabs at will brings more control to the user. It’s especially beneficial when encountering those annoying auto-playing advertisements.

In this video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to use Safari tab muting, and explain its ins and outs. Read More

 

Developer hacks Apple Watch to run 20-year-old Mac operating system

By Cody Lee on Jun 22, 2015

Developer Nick Lee on Monday posted a video showing off his Apple Watch running a 2o-year-old Mac operating system. Lee’s watch is running the watchOS 2 developer beta, as well as the Mini vMac Macintosh emulator, and the Mac OS you see loading up is version 7.5.5, which was first introduced in 1996. Read More

 

5 Galaxy S6 features that iPhone users will like

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S6 for some time now, and I’ve used it for long enough to be able to confidently compile some of my thoughts on what is Apple’s main iPhone competitor.

Obviously, the most stand-out feature with this device is the build quality. Samsung, after many Galaxy iterations, has finally stepped up its game when it comes to design materials. The Galaxy S6 is made out of metal instead of plastic, and it’s a huge improvement over the cheap-feeling Galaxy phones of yesteryear.

But not only is build quality vastly improved, this phone packs quite a punch with regard to features. In fact, there are even some features that I, as someone who unequivocally prefers the iPhone, can’t deny are pretty great. Inside, I’ll cover 5 features from the Galaxy S6 that many iPhone users will enjoy. Read More

 

How to pin Safari tabs in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

Like Google Chrome and other browsers have been able to do for some time, Safari in OS X El Capitan will now allow you to pin tabs. But pinned tabs work a little differently in Safari for Apple’s in-development OS update than they do in other browsers. In this post, we’ll walkthrough the new tab pinning features, and show you what’s different about the way Apple goes about its implementation. Read More

 

How to delete a partition on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

In an earlier tutorial, we showed you how to create a new partition on Mac in order to install the OS X El Capitan beta. But what if, after testing, you wish to delete the partition and relinquish its space?

In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to dissolve a partition using OS X’s built-in Disk Utility. Read More

 

How to choose your startup disk on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

If you have multiple bootable partitions on your Mac, such as the case when you create a separate partition for testing a new OS like OS X El Capitan, you’ll need to know how to manage your Mac’s startup disk.

The startup disk is the disk that the Mac boots from when restarting your computer. You can change this disk permanently, or change it on a temporary case-by-case basis.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to establish a set startup disk, and how to change the startup disk on the fly as you reboot your Mac. Read More

 

How to create a bootable OS X El Capitan USB flash drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

If you have a spare USB flash drive laying around, you should consider putting it to good use by creating a bootable installation drive for the OS X El Capitan Beta.

Creating a bootable drive has many benefits and uses. For starters, it makes it easy to install a fresh copy of whatever operating system you have configured on the drive. Secondly, it makes it easy to install an operating system on a separate partition, or on a virtual machine. Lastly, it’s just smart business to always have a quickly accessible and portable installation media laying around.

In this tutorial and video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to create a bootable USB drive for OS X El Capitan in just a few easy steps Read More

 

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures in 2013

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2015

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures back in 2013, according to recently leaked documents. WikiLeaks on Thursday dumped another 200,000+ documents stemming from last year’s staggering Sony hack, and so far at least one Apple-related story has been uncovered.

AppleInsider points to a materials access letter from Culver Digital Distribution, an entity associated with Sony Pictures, that serves as a formal agreement for “testing and/or preparing” 4K film and television content for non-exclusive distribution. And it has Eddy Cue’s signature on it. Read More

 

Columba is a new quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

biteSMS is long gone, and as such, jailbreakers have been clamoring for an adequate replacement. Well, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is there’s another potential biteSMS replacement available for jailbroken iPhones. The bad news is it’s nowhere near as polished as biteSMS and it’s simply not ready for prime time.

Columba, as the tweak is called, is available for $2.99 on the BigBoss repo. Not only does it bring quick reply and quick compose to the table, but it also promises scheduled messaging and messaging templates. Have a look at our impressions to read our thoughts on the release. Read More

 

Review: LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB external drive – a good choice for Mac?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Neil Poulton designed LaCie Rugged RAID portable hard drive. This drive, with its can’t-miss color, is specifically designed to stand up to tough environments.

The Rugged RAID features a rubber non-slip casing that will help it absorb impacts and stand up to harsh conditions. In fact, it’s dust, water, and shock resistant. If you’re someone who travels with an external hard drive, then you’re automatically more susceptible to all three of these potential failure-inducing scenarios. This can make the LaCie drive an attractive prospect.

Not to be confused with similar-looking drives in the LaCie lineup, this Rugged RAID drive actually ships with two independent hard drives pre-configured with RAID 0 for a total of 4TB of space. This provides end users with lots of headroom and extremely fast read and write speeds.

But hard drive speed isn’t the only thing fast about this drive. The LaCie Rugged RAID is also equipped with a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connection for high speed I/O up to 240MB/s. Even better is the fact that the Thunderbolt connection is bus powered, which makes it easy to travel with.

Needless to say, I’ve had high expectations for this hard drive ever since it was first announced. Does the LaCie Rugged RAID live up to this OS X user’s expectations? Read and watch the full review to find out. Read More